Appreciating birds (including, but not limited to, Birdwatching) is the right thing to do!
Dr. James J. S. Johnson
Now begins a new Leesbird.com series (D.v.), on “Birds Are Wonderful! — And Some Are a Little Weird“.*
In this series we will learn to appreciate a variety of birds, while appreciating our great God Who made all those birds — and while also realizing that our great God made each of us who we are, though He could have made us otherwise!
Of course, birds began on Day 5, so birds are older than the human race — by 1 day — since God made the original human pair (Adam & Eve) on Day 6 of Creation Week.
* Quoting from “Birds Are Wonderful, and Some Are a Little Weird”, (c) AD2019 James J. S. Johnson [used here by permission].
Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. (Genesis 6:20)
As my recent blogpost on Corvid hybrids illustrates [see blogpost reference below], birds feel no obligation to conform to taxonomist classifications of “genus” and/or “species” — because they limit their gene pool activities to the created “kind” categories that God gave to them, from the beginning, on Day # 5 of Creation Week (see Genesis 1:21), when God made different kinds of “winged fowl”. And, it follows likewise, that real-world corvids likely reject modern speculations (by “natural selection” advocates) that appear in public wearing the term “speciation”.
Accordingly, it should not shock us to learn that hybrids are observed where the Blue Jay and Steller’s Jay ranges overlap, in America’s Great West.
Hence, this limerick:
Caveat, Taxonomists: Jaybirds Mix It Up in Colorado!
In Western pines, before my eyes
A jaybird perched, to my surprise
Yet its front, wings, head, and back
Were feathered blue, not much black
Wow! Western jaybirds hybridize!
(Birder’s take-away lesson: don’t take terms like “species” and “speciation” too seriously.)